Room 13 Aragon

Resident Artist(s): Louise and David Frewin
Main Studio Artform: Visual Arts
Website: http://www.aragonroom13.co.uk/

Studios

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Aragon Primary School, in the London Borough of Merton, set up their Room 13 studio in 2005.

The studio got going with an ambitious project – a custom designed and hand painted car, which was later driven 10,000 kilometres in a rally from London to Ulan Bator!

Since then, Room 13 Aragon has developed steadily at a more sedate pace, with the support and dedication of Artists in Residence Louise and David Frewin.
The studio is open for two or three days each week, with time set aside for artists, and other times for the management team members and helpers to deal with business and housekeeping jobs. The studio is a hub of creative activity, often involving the wider community, from pre-schoolers to parents. Teaching plays a central role in the work of the studio. Everyone has a part to play in passing on skills and advice to younger or less confident artists.

Room 13 Aragon has developed a reputation for collaborative working, particularly large scale murals. They have been awarded commissions and their work can be seen around the school and further afield.

The studio is funded solely by the enterprising initiatives of the management team. While the artists strive to improve the quality of their work to attract commissions, and raise the studio’s profile through competition entries and putting work in exhibitions, the management team work hard to sell products and fundraise within the community.

In their own words:

“It is good being in Room 13 as we make friends with people in other year groups and help each other with our artwork; we all make a good team.   

We have been trying really hard to raise money. We enjoyed selling and counting the money afterwards. We have to make hard decisions but we developed our skills and learn things through our experiences.

The children on the committee work with the Artists in Residence to run painting sessions with the rest of the school. At first doing the teaching made us feel a bit scared that we might mess up and do something wrong. We understand how teachers feel now! But after a while it got easier as we felt a bit more relaxed and confident. Now it feels like we can do anything!”

Room 13 Aragon has a new website! Find them here at www.aragonroom13.co.uk

At a glance

News from Room 13 Aragon

24
Jul

A Mosaic for Maddie

Room 13 Aragon have just completed a commission by their school to design, create and install a large mosaic in honour of Maddie Thompson, much loved and missed pupil of the school and Managing Director of Room 13, who died, … Continue reading

02
Dec

In Memoriam: Maddie Thompson

Maddie Thompson 29.06.2004 – 23.10.2014 Managing Director of Room 13 Aragon We would like to extend heartfelt sympathies to the pupils and staff of Aragon Primary School, and most especially to the family and friends of Maddie Thomson, who tragically … Continue reading

18
Sep
Moneybox created by Room 13 Aragon, London, England

Room 13 World Tour – Raising Funds and Spreading Creativity

A set of beautiful custom made moneyboxes are currently touring the world to raise funds and support for Room 13 International! The Room 13 World Tour is the latest fundraising initiative organised by TBWA. TBWA Tiger Academy is a global … Continue reading